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Democracy Now! Monday, August 4, 2003


Published August 4, 2003


Headlines
46 Senators Call For Bush To Declassify 9/11 Report
Peacekeeping Troops Arrive in Liberia
Wolfowitz: The Next Secretary of State?
50 Die in Hospital Bombing Near Chechnya
Episcopalian Church Approves Gay Bishop
Israel Prepares to Release Palestinian Prisoners
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Bush & Blair Launch PR Campaign To Silence Iraq Critics
Andrew Buncombe of the London Independent reviews the new “big impact” plan designed to counter critics of the Iraq invasion in an effort to convince the public that Saddam Hussein was in fact developing weapons of mass destruction.

Operation Oily Immunity: Bush Quietly Moves to Protect U.S. Oil Interests in Iraq
The Institute for Policy Studies and Government Accountability Project are calling on Congress to investigate and repeal an executive order signed by President George W. Bush that they say gives sweeping powers to U.S. oil companies operating in Iraq.

"I Did Not Want to Be a Collaborator" - Former Member of the Iraqi Reconstruction Council Explains His Decision to Resign
After 25 years in exile, Iraqi scholar and professor Isam al-Khafagi accepted an invitation by the U.S. government to return to Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein to help with postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation of ministries. He resigned a few weeks ago saying, “there seemed to be no interest on the part of the coalition in involving Iraqis as advisers on the future of their nation.”

Openly Gay Reverend Wins One of Two Votes Required To Be Elected Bishop in Episcopal Church
Rev. V. Gene Robinson faces a final vote today in the House of Bishops. We speak with Rev. Susan Russell of the Claiming the Blessing Collaborative on whether the decision threatens to divide the church.


West African Troops Land in Liberia, Charles Taylor to Resign, U.S. Troops Still Not Deployed
As West African forces land in Liberia we speak with author and freelance journalist David Goodman on Liberia’s history and its relationship with the U.S. government.


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